With gasoline costs soaring above $4.00 a gallon, there\’s never been a better reason to reduce our consumption at the pump. These ten tips offer the fastest, easiest ways you can save gas – and money.

  • 1. Drive smart – Avoid quick starts and stops, use cruise control on the highway, and don\’t idle.
  • 2. Drive the speed limit – Remember – every 5 mph you drive above 60 mph is like paying an additional $0.10 per gallon for gas.
  • 3. Drive less – Walk, bicycle, use a scooter or moped, combine trips, and telecommute.
  • 4. Drive a more fuel-efficient car – Consider one of the new hybrids; at the very least, choose from among the EPA\’s “Fuel Economy Leaders” in the class vehicle you\’re considering.
  • 5. Keep your engine tuned up – Improve gas mileage by an average of 4.1 percent by maintaining your vehicle in top condition.

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Diane MacEachern, the author of Big Green Purse: Use Your Spending Power to Create a Cleaner, Greener World, is passionate about empowering women to use their marketplace clout to protect the environment.